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(23-57) Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics (54-25)
Atlanta looked feisty against the Heat and I had a feeling it could give Washington some problems in their game on Friday and that intuition turned out to be right.
The Hawks beat Washington in the nation’s capital by six points on Friday. It marked the fourth consecutive loss for the Wizards, who had a chance to pull even with Miami in the East. Instead, it’s the 8-seed, behind the Heat and the Bucks.
Atlanta was led by Taurean Prince’s 23 points, followed closely by Tyler Dorsey’s 22. Dorsey looks like a diamond in the rough and it really wasn’t evident until about the last month or so. He’s a powerful scorer, throwing in long shots from the outside and finishing tough at the rim. I like his game.
Still, the Hawks have the worst record in the East. They’re going to get a great draft pick and add a top prospect to a nice young core.
Dennis Schroder appears to be a major question mark, though. He will battle legal trouble this offseason and Atlanta just inked him to an extension that will run for the next three seasons after this one. If he isn’t the leader it wants to build a young team around, that will be a big issue. He’s due about $15 million over each of the next three seasons.
So the Celtics won’t have Kyrie Irving at all in the playoffs. It’s been the big story around the NBA in the last few days. Everybody is writing them off, at least as a threat to win the East and now everybody likes the Sixers and Cavs, plus the West’s chances to win it all once it gets there (even more than before).
Meanwhile, Jaylen Brown dropped a new career high with 32 points against the Bulls. Greg Munroe also notched his second career triple-double.
Even without Irving, the Celtics have still been winning down the stretch. They made it to the East Finals last season without him, while Isaiah Thomas was laboring, too. I don’t see why this team can’t get at least that far without him, especially if it avoids LeBron until then.
The Celtics would have to beat a Bucks squad that is going to be gassed and then the Sixers in the second round, if they are to return to the Conference Finals (based on the current playoff picture).
Their odds of reaching the finals have shot up to +1500 and while I agree it’s a long shot, there could be some overreaction in the market.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 12-3 in ATL last 15 road games.
- Over is 9-3-1 in ATL last 13 Sun. games.
- ATL are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
- Over is 7-2 in BOS last 9 home games.
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction: the Celtics win.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hawks ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 101 – Boston 108
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